December 15, 2010

Oddly Perfect Jewelry

There's something oddly perfect about odd numbers, don't you think?  I love the way collections look in odd numbers, like the same punch of color repeated in a room three times.  Like the same color captured in the pillows on your couch, a vase on the mantel and a painting on the all seems so absolutely brilliant.

The blend of angular and curvy shapes in the numbers 3 and 5 - really, I love that!  My lucky number is 7, what's yours?  Is it an odd number?

I have been playing with rings since I had a lovely lady request a custom order for a couple of rings and this is my latest.  A new chunky ring that I stamped with 3's, a 5 and a 7 with my vintage metal stamps.  I think it's the oddly perfect ring.  The width reminds me of one of the fabulous rings Meryl Strepp wore in It's Complicated.  One of those movies that I watch as much for the styling as the acting.

This one is made from the handle of a very old and heavy piece of vintage silverware that had gorgeous detailing of oak leaves and acorns.  Gasp.  I purchased this old spoon years ago, and have lovingly looked at it again and again wondering what I would do with it someday.  Nothing seemed to do the piece justice, the craftsmanship is outstanding.  Today, I took the leap and repurposed the utensil into an adornment for my finger.  It's chunky, huge and spectacular.  I love looking at the ring on my finger - it's one of those simple pleasures in life. 

Hopefully, I will continue to grow strong like the mighty oak and be able to weather the storms that will surely pass through my life as the years go by and may I have as much grace as those lovely majestic oak trees at our farm in the country.

I purchased this wonderful napkin ring on Ebay years ago and was inspired to do something with it today since the oak leaf ring turned out so well giving me the courage to modify the napkin ring into a bracelet.  The ring features the number 3, one of my favorite numbers since it represents the number of children I am blessed with.  I purchased it from a seller from the United Kingdom. 

A simple silver dome with the number 1 stamped onto the surface.  I like to think of the number of children or in celebration of a first place finish, or maybe to remind someone that they are number one in your life. 

Now back to the movie, It's Complicated and the Kitchen Garden that I fell in love with.

The designers call it a Kitchen Garden California Style and it was so amazing in the movie filled with luscious greens, leeks, tomatoes on the vine, cabbage and glorious foxgloves.  A flower that I love and have never been able to grow.

I have already begun to dream of what I'd like my kitchen garden to look like next Spring and Summer.  Sans the foxgloves...I'll have to substitute cleome, now that I can grow!

Enjoy the day my friends.

Blessings - Julie


Alice said...

My hubby doesn't get the idea of using odd numbers in decorating or even in garden design. He just shakes his head and lets me do what must be done (probably with a little eye rolling). Men.

It looks like you've succeeded twice in working outside your comfort zone, and the results were beautiful!

Rainy said...

I love watching that movie and others just for the houses and kitchens. I would love to have a wonderful kitchen.

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Julie, I love that movie too. it was so much fun. Love her garden, and the whole house! I love your napkin ring bracelet, such a beauty. Happy holidays my friend. Stay warm. Riki

stregata said...

Your rings are superb! And I love to reminisce about the tapas bars in Spain - the most wonderful food experience ever.

TesoriTrovati said...

GAH! Julie! Those rings are FABULOUS! I am always seeking interesting rings for my right hand. This is going on my wish list. And my lucky number? 11

Enjoy the day!

Lee said...

I lovvvvvvvvvvvve me some numbers!! All this jewelry is lovely. That garden is to DIE for- do you have the plans?? Pass it on.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i so enjoyed your post and the lovely jewelry!

Beatrice said...

Dear Julie!

I wish you and your family a peaceful and Merry Christmas!

Hugs from Sweden